The Repertory Grid Procedure
George Kelly, the Creator of Repertory Grids
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The individual or group begins with a repertory grid, pen or pencil, and five to eight blank cards.
Then the elements are written across the top of the grid.
After this, the subject(s) write numbers on one side of the cards which correspond with the elements at the top of the grid.
The cards are turned face down, shuffled, and then three cards are drawn at random.
The subject(s) mark on the grid which three elements were drawn with an "X". They then decide: "Out of the three elements chosen, which two seem to have something more in common with each other?" These two elements are connected with a line.
Always on the left side of the grid, the subject(s) will describe what aspect these two elements share. On the right side, they will express what it is that makes the third element different from the other two. (If this is too difficult, people are allowed to write something they believe to be the opposite of the left hand construct).
Finally, the elements are rated to the constructs. Each element is rated to the constructs on a scale of one to five, with the left construct as "1" and the right construct as "5". For example, on a scale of 1 to 5, with "1" being most like a "lesson carefully designed for students needs" and five as "giving students second language activities just to kill the time", we see that the subject(s) rated the element, "students are happy" as more like the left construct, with a rating of "2", the element, "students are active" as like the right construct, with a rating of "5", "students retain L2" as like the left side with a rating of "1", and so on.
One the first row has been rated, the individual or group turn the three cards over, shuffle them, and begin the process all over again. They may reshuffle in the case of drawing the same three card combination as before.